Serious Play: Desire and Authority in the Poetry of Ovid, Chaucer, and Ariosto

Serious Play: Desire and Authority in the Poetry of Ovid, Chaucer, and Ariosto

Comic poets are inspired best by the bittersweet nature of their art-the thrill of skewering the world's power elite while nevertheless being dependent on their support. Ovid, Chaucer, and Ariosto were extremely attuned to the dynamics of this relationship, with Ovid suffering most from his comedic missteps. Their audacity and acute insight are the very elements that make their work so appealing centuries after their subjects have stumbled off the stage.

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Publisher: Columbia University Press (September 23, 2010)

Collection: Leonard Hastings Schoff Lectures

Parent ISBN: 9780231152105

Language: English


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